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Charles S. Clark

Senior Correspondent Charles S. Clark joined Government Executive in the fall of 2009. He has been on staff at The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, Time-Life Books, Tax Analysts, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the National Center on Education and the Economy. He has written or edited online news, daily news stories, long features, wire copy, magazines, books, and organizational media strategies.
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Actions Speak Louder

February 29, 2012 Just days after senators complained of the ineffectiveness of a new software designed to ferret out fraudulent Medicare claims, the Justice and Health and Human Services departments were able to speak softly while wielding a big stick. On Tuesday, federal prosecutors announced that they had arrested a Texas doctor and...

Senator denounces Obama budget text on disclosure of contractor gifts

February 28, 2012 Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, says she has exposed language in the Obama administration’s fiscal 2013 budget that would keep open the possibility of controversial new requirements on federal contractors to disclose their campaign contributions. After a draft executive order was leaked in April 2011 indicating the administration was preparing such...

Watchdog finds tens of billions in cost cutting opportunities

February 28, 2012 This story has been updated. The Government Accountability Office on Tuesday issued a report identifying many overlapping or wasteful government functions, saying the government potentially could save tens of billions of dollars annually if the right remedies were pursued. The second of such annual reports, the 426-page document outlined 51...

Medicare anti-fraud software disappoints senators

February 27, 2012 Software designed to help Medicare managers zero in on fraudulent claims is showing disappointing results, according to three senators who evaluated a program that the Health and Human Services Department praises as an effective new anti-fraud tool. The Fraud Prevention system, a $77 million predictive analytics software program that the...

A Federal Employee Hits Back

February 27, 2012 Jason Ullner, a career Foreign Service Officer, fires back in an opinion piece in The Washington Post at those who would denigrate public service for political gain: Like many federal workers, I have sacrificed: a high-paying job in the private sector; a year of my life (and the first six...

Reliance on contractors in Afghanistan draws continuing scrutiny

February 24, 2012 The use of contractors in the decade-long U.S. effort to train Afghanistan’s army and police forces continues to raise policy questions as the Obama administration struggles to meet its goal of winding down the American troop presence in the volatile region. The Government Accountability Office on Thursday reported that the...

CBO scores bill to require online posting of program spending

February 24, 2012 A bill requiring agencies for the first time to post spending at the program level on a central website would cost some $115 million over the next four years, the Congressional Budget Office reported Thursday. The average cost of implementing computer upgrades and administrative changes for the 24 major departments...

Signs of friction in contractor-government relations

February 23, 2012 Contractor relationships with federal auditors and contracting officers deteriorated somewhat during the past year as government agencies scaled back programs in an effort to reduce the budget deficit, according to a recent survey. A separate study released Thursday found that large companies were securing a high percentage of federal contracts...

Consumer finance bureau under Cordray makes its presence felt

February 23, 2012 Richard Cordray, the recess-appointed director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has hit the ground running in recent weeks, proposing several major rules, testifying before Congress on his budget and appearing in public to gauge consumer sentiment. And though Republican lawmakers have continued their quest to trim Cordray’s power and...

A Threat to Stars and Stripes?

February 23, 2012 The Pentagon’s bid to save $1 million by moving the editorial offices of the famed Stars and Stripes newspaper has some of its once-ink-stained scribes upset about possible interference from the brass. As Paul Farhi reports in the Washington Post, the planned move of the staff from the National Press...